June 15, 2016 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

June 16th, 2016 (8:30 am - 11:00 am [Registration and Breakfast at 8:00 am - 8:30 am])
August Wilson Center / African American Cultural Heritage Center
980 Liberty Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Presented by: Sustainable Pittsburgh

Commit to making the Pittsburgh region a better place to live, work, and play! Sign up for the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) and attend the kickoff celebration on June 16. Not yet ready to sign your organization up to compete? Attend the kickoff to learn more. The GWC enables employers in southwestern PA to participate in a yearlong, friendly competition where they can save money and receive positive public recognition for their sustainable actions. Since 2011, competitors saved more than $8.9 million in energy and enough water to fill Heinz Field 93 feet deep. Join the cohort of businesses driving Pittsburgh’ reputation for environmental transformation and sustainability. Sign up to compete at

June 23rd, 2016 (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Carnegie Robotics
4501 Hatfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Presented by: Green Building Alliance

GBA's Race to Zero Energy series continues with this look at Technologies and Products: Enabling Building Performance. Compiled will be another wonderful group of speakers with knowledge and perspective to share with building owners, operators, and practitioners alike! Speakers include: Greg Puschnigg, Todd Sandford, Tim Thiel, Gary Sechler, and Azizan Aziz.

July 12th - 14th, 2016 (*times vary, see agenda*)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW Washington, D.C. 20001
Presented by: United States Department of Energy

On July 12–14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host its ninth annual conference—Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation. Partnering with the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation (CEREF), this year's conference will focus on opportunities to grow future feedstock supplies and break through technology barriers to achieve a stronger bioeconomy.

Attendees will discuss critical bioenergy issues such as:
  • Innovation and emerging pathways
  • The vision for a national bioeconomy
  • Feedstocks forecasting and supply analysis
  • Marketplace Exploration
  • Strategic public engagement.

July 25th - 29th, 2016 (*times TBD*)
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center

215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803
Presented by: Sustainable Energy Fund

Energypath is the region's largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow.

August 8th - 12th, 2016 (*times TBD*)
Sheraton Station Square Hotel
300 West Station Square Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Presented by: National Energy Technology Laboratory

For further information regarding the program content, please contact David Lang at:
U.S. Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory
P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236
Phone: (412) 386-4881

For questions regarding conference logistics, please contact Karen Lockhart, CMP at:
NETL Event Management
P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236
Telephone: (412) 386-4763
Fax: (412) 386-6486

Scientists may have significantly underestimated a dangerous source of pollution in the atmosphere, new research suggests. A satellite study, published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience, has revealed nearly 40 previously unreported major sources of sulfur dioxide emissions — a pollutant that can cause multiple harmful health and environmental impacts and even exacerbate global warming.

The results of this capacity auction are great news for two reasons. First, the result highlights how system planners are utilizing energy efficiency as resource able to provide sustained and predictable energy and reserves. . . Second, energy efficiency reduces costs for the entire PJM footprint. If efficiency had not participated in this auction, the clearing price would have been higher. While the economic value would have varied by resource zone (PJM is broken up into several geographical zones), many zones would have faced higher prices from other forms of generation.

Major market participants, including utilities and distributed energy resource (DER) providers and their regulators, have been trying to better understand and leverage data-rich knowledge about customers in recent years, echoing similar efforts in retail shopping and other industries. More than 50 percent of utilities, including new entrants like TFC Utilities and existing players like ComEd and Duke, report moving to a more customer-centric business model. New regulatory regimes are arising in California, New York, and elsewhere to focus industry efforts on customers, and DER providers are creating new units that require empowered customers for success.

The idea of engaging outside experts to manage power procurement across multiple locations more efficiently isn’t anything new. It’s a process that energy services companies have specialized in for many years.

Still, fewer than half of big companies officially use outside experts for data or strategy, which could be limiting the potential to curtail their power consumption or spending, according to recent research by advisory services firm Edison Energy.


The panelists agreed that the building sector accounts for a sizable portion of energy use in many countries. With nearly 30 percent of primary energy consumption worldwide coming from buildings, climate change mitigation must include strategies that improve upon efficiency within buildings, stated Srinivas Katipamula, Staff Scientist of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In order to do this, it is important that we utilize intelligent systems, which achieve building energy savings by connecting devices within the building to each other and the internet, as well as by learning the preferences of occupants.
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